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snowboarder300Ski and board season is going strong in Reno-Tahoe, and we’re blogging about it at Ski and Board Reno-Tahoe, the region’s stop for snow sports news and events. Learn about deals, resort reviews and events and submit your own adventure online.

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E-card: Give someone you love a taste of Reno-Tahoe

Christmas is just a day away, and 2009 is on the horizon – perfect timing for that last-minute greeting for someone special on your list.

Check out the Reno-Tahoe Holiday Gingerbread Maker, and e-card personalized with Sierra Nevada winter images. Happy Holidays!




Reno disc golfers pumped up for tourney

Snow is slated to fall in the mountains, but in Reno local disc golfers are getting pumped up for the “Grinch Classic Tournament” at “The Ranch” disc golf course at Rancho San Rafael Park.

The tournament is being hosted by the Reno Disc Golf Association. The tournament check-in is at 9:30 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Here’s a course map.

Interested in playing? E-mail Mike at RDGA@Charter.net. Winners of this casual event get cash and prizes – plus they get a round on Reno’s new course.





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Book tells the story of Lake Tahoe environment through photography

Photographer Thomas Bachand has a unique take on the Tahoe environment: His photos have a dreamy quality, often taken with long exposures to capture movement in nature … colorful yet subtle.

Bachand’s work reflects Tahoe’s delicate balance, so it is fitting that his new book “Lake Tahoe, A Fragile Beauty” works from that perspective.

In addition to photos illustrating the lake’s insurmountable beauty – they range from “Donner Summit Bridge” to handsome, simplistic shots like “Shadow light upon the Truckee Marsh” – Bachand writes of the dangers of development and climate change to this natural wonder. Those who know Tahoe’s history have witnessed the tense decades-long struggle to balance development with environmental preservation.

The book includes an introduction by preeminent Tahoe research scientist Dr. Charles Goldman, a poem by former U.S. Poet Laureate and 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass, and historical content by literary icon Mark Twain and 19th Century photographer Carleton Watkins.

“Lake Tahoe, A Fragile Beauty” is a must for any Lake Tahoe enthusiast’s bookshelf. Buy the book from Bachand’s Web site and check out more of his amazing photography.

- Submitted by Jessica Glasgow

Riverside ice skating is back for winter 2008-2009

Reno’s Rink on the River recently started service, just in time for visitors looking for some High Sierra holiday spirit.

The rink is open to the public and is located at the Mapes Plaza in downtown Reno, right along the resort-casino corridor and adjacent to the Reno Christmas tree.

Skate rentals are available and there is plenty of hot chocolate to keep warm between laps.


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Big Reno Show a must-see for firearms, memorabilia collectors

BIG RENO SHOW BUCKLE copyFirearms, Wild West memorabilia and antique enthusiasts will pour into Reno on Nov. 21-23 for the Big Reno Show at the Grand Sierra Resort, a celebration of firearms spanning the ages from antique to modern.

With 1 ½ acres of exhibitor space, it is one of the biggest shows in the west. Beyond the guns – including everything from rifles and pistols to shotguns – vendors will be selling knives, antiques, books, Native American artifacts, clothing and accessories. Shooters can also get a great deal on bulk ammo.

The Big Reno Show is a great Reno tradition, so come check it out. For more information on what to do in Reno-Tahoe while you’re here, check out www.visitrenotahoe.com.

New Reno-Tahoe event targets Baby Boomers

baby_boomers_logoWEBA new event in Reno promises a good time for Baby Boomers, who will converge on the region March 27-29, 2009 for the first Baby Boomers Festival. Organizers are hopeful a successful first year will turn into an annual event.

Over the three-day weekend, great speakers and activities including dancing, wine tasting, friendly athletic competitions and live entertainment will encourage mixing and mingling. A convention will also feature exhibits designed to appeal to this growing demographic – there are currently around 78 million Baby Boomers in the USA.

While there are several singles-oriented events planned for the festival, there is plenty planned to keep everyone, including couples and groups, entertained. Some of the events include:

  • National Flirting Contest
  • Dance lessons
  • Baby Boomers Ball
  • Bowling contests
  • An astrological matchmaking party
  • Speed-dating
  • Other possible events include: skiing, dancing, cooking, tennis and running

Accommodations: The Silver Legacy is offering special price of only $99 plus taxes/fees, for early bird reservation. They will be eligible and entered into a drawing for a complimentary two-night stay in a spa suite. Call 1-800-687-8733 toll-free and use our group code of 2009BBP to take advantage of the special rate.

Make your reservations today to make the first Baby Boomers Festival in Reno-Tahoe a success.

Video: Onboard during the 2008 Sagebrush Cyclocross series

The 2008 Sagebrush Cyclocross Series came to Dorothy McAlinden Park north of Reno this weekend. Local cycling enthusiast Mike Henderson strapped a camera on rider Shawn O’Meara for a point of view look at the course and the competition. Check it out:



Events like the Sagebrush Cyclocross Series, run by O’Meara, are part of a rich cycling culture in Reno-Tahoe. Check out the Reno Wheelmen site or visitrenotahoe.com for more local cycling information.

Sierra mountaineering visionary honored for achievements

Local mountaineering legend Bela Vadasz was recently honored with an American Mountain Guides Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Vadasz, who owns Alpine Skills International training school in Truckee, Calif. with wife Mimi, is a pioneer in mountaineering and is responsible for creating standards for the mountaineering community both in the U.S. and abroad.

Craig Dostie writes about the achievement for Wildsnow.com.

Reno-Tahoe is rich in art

Reno-Tahoe is more than a basecamp for outdoor adventure or a hub for casino gaming. The region also boasts a rich history from its Native American roots to its foundation during the frontier days of the western expansion.

Today, ties to the past are reflected in many of the region’s 31 museums, while an active community of enthusiasts continues to position Reno-Tahoe on the cutting edge of art. Here’s a sample of the area’s diverse offerings:

  • Nevada Museum of Art
    Divided into five focus areas, the permanent collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, consists of over 1,900 works of art organized around the general themes of land and environment. The museum also features traveling exhibitions.
  • Nevada State Museum
    The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. Exhibits include a replica walk-through mine and ghost town, the Carson City Mint, and Native American displays.
  • National Automobile Museum
    The National Automobile Museum, Reno, displays approximately 175 cars, many of which came from gaming magnate William F. Harrah’s famous collection. The collection’s stars include the 1907 Thomas Flyer, winner of the 1908 New York to Paris race. Other vehicles appear in rotation on the museum’s “streets” in three galleries.
  • Fourth Ward School Museum
    Abandoned to the elements, the Fourth Ward School, Virginia City, seemed doomed until it was resurrected in 1986, 50 years after the school closed its doors. Since that time hundreds of thousands of visitors have made their way to the school celebrate Virginia City’s glorious past as a frontier town during the gold and silver boom.
  • Wilbur D. May Museum
    The Wilbur D. May Museum, Reno, features the accumulated trinkets and treasures from more than 30 trips and safaris the eccentric son of a department store magnate made in the 1920s and 1930s. Since May rarely collected just one of anything, cases are crammed with T’ang Dynasty animals and African masks; hundreds of Oriental miniatures, dozens of pistols and rifles. Gobelin tapestries and Navajo rugs are among objects decorating the walls.
  • Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada
    The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada, Carson City, is dedicated to providing education and entertainment to children ages 2 and up and families through exhibits and programs that focus on the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities.
  • Nevada State Railroad Museum
    The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, preserves the railroad heritage of Nevada, including locomotives and cars of the famous Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Much of the museum equipment was obtained from Hollywood studios, where they were often featured in movies and television.
    Museum activities consist of operation of historic railroad equipment, including train rides, handcar rides, lectures, an annual railroad history symposium, changing exhibits, and a variety of special events.

Click here for a complete Reno-Tahoe museum listings, or tell us about your favorite Reno-Tahoe museum in the comment section.